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 Alison is currently in Maldives.
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Read about limited edition prints and gallery representation. To purchase any other print please contact the studio directly.
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Contact studio directly or contact CJ Lonoff at Speaking Matters (info@speakingmatters.org, +1 215-693-1925).

FAQs

Absolutely. All images on the website are available for licensing. Please email or call the studio directly with any questions on pricing.

I use Nikon bodies and Nikkor lenses. I’m currently using the D810, D800E, D800 series. I like to bring at least three cameras so I don’t have to change lenses and I can count on a backup.

My choice of lenses really depends on the assignment and what I plan on photographing. For instance to photograph wildlife I need longer lenses like the 400mm with an extender or the 80-400mm. When I shoot in low light, which I often do, I prefer 1.4 aperture lenses, the 50mm being one of my favorites. The 24-70mm is my workhorse and I’ll bring a 14-24mm, a couple Speedlights and my Gitzo tripod. And of course the Mac laptop computer and all the cords.

I find it best to travel as light as possible as I hand carry all my equipment on the plane.

I always bring clothes to dress for layers and bring a medical kit because it seems there hasn’t been a trip where I haven’t reached into it for something!

My British mother was a flight attendant for Pan Am so I think I obtained my wanderlust in utero.

I loved taking photos and I worked on the yearbook and newspaper in high school. Mr. Lee was my influential English teacher who suggested that I could actually make a living at doing this. I was only fifteen years old but from the moment I first heard the word photojournalist I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life.

I received my undergraduate degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University. I went on to live in Australia and London then returned to California and photographed for newspapers in San Diego for a few years. It was a great way to get thrown into the business. I was shooting every day and learning how to problem solve creatively.

My freelance career started when I got a three-week assignment in Nepal — and I ended up staying more than four years. I just fell in love with the magic of Asia and have since made that home base for much of my life. When I returned to San Francisco I received my graduate degree studying visual anthropology at UC Berkeley based on my years of photographing the Tibetans in the Himalayas.

I don’t think going to school is necessary if you want to be a photographer, as many very successful people are self-taught, but there were a lot of other things I wanted to learn so I made college work for me.

Please read through the articles and interviews on the website first and then if you have specific questions for me please email the studio.

I’m often hard to reach as I’m on the road so much of the year!

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